Scientist with a doctorate in biochemistry, molecular biology or biotechnology (23-43-8)

At our Berlin Charlottenburg site, we are looking to fill the following position in Department 8.3 (Biomedical Optics): Scientist with a doctorate in biochemistry, molecular biology or biotechnology
Up to Remuneration Group 14 TVöD Bund ○ Two-year fixed term ○ Full-time (39 hours/week)

Ihr Aufgabengebiet:

Your tasks:

The project on “Metrology for genomic profiling to support early cancer detection and precision medicine” is funded as part of the “European Partnership on Metrology Work Programme”. Research and development work on the molecular genetic proof of eukaryotic cells and DNA fragments are being carried out in Department 8.3 (Biomedical Optics) within this project.

Your tasks will include:

  • Applying different methods for the extraction of nucleic acids
  • Using a digital PCR for the quantification of the concentration of selected gene sequences of cells in reference materials
  • Developing an assay design for quantitative/digital PCR
  • Carrying out a data analysis and calculating the measurement uncertainty for the developed method
  • Supporting the ongoing research process
  • Mentoring students and technical staff in scientific matters

Ihr Profil:

Your profile:

  • You have completed your university studies (master’s degree or German Diplom) and obtained a doctorate in biochemistry, molecular biology or biotechnology.
  • You have knowledge and practical experience with nucleic acid amplification techniques such as digital PCR or qPCR.
  • You also have knowledge of and skills in the extraction and quantification of nucleic acids.
  • You have practical knowledge of and experience in assay design (TaqMan).
  • You ideally have knowledge of genome sequencing or sequence analysis.
  • You are interested in biological/medical issues.
  • You are willing to handle suspensions of blood or plasma.
  • You have a very good command of English, both spoken and written.
  • You are a strong team player with excellent communication skills.
  • You are highly committed, flexible and you work in a well-structured manner.
  • You are willing to travel for work both in Germany and abroad.

We offer:

  • Work-life integration: We offer flexible working arrangements and conditions (part time, flextime, work from home, telework, compensation days) to help you manage your family, care and career responsibilities in all of life’s phases.
  • Transparent terms: Remuneration in accordance with Germany’s collective agreement for federal-level public service employees (TVöD Bund), 30 days of paid vacation, an employment-based pension plan for employees covered by the collective agreement are just some of the benefits of working for a government agency.
  • Location benefits: Our attractive campus offers an easy commute for drivers and cyclists as well as very good direct bus services. Plenty of free parking and charging facilities for e-bikes are available.
  • Jobticket: We take environmental and climate protection seriously. To encourage commuting by public transportation, we offer a subsidy towards the cost of the Deutschlandticket Job.
  • Family friendly: From dedicated parent-child offices to school holiday childcare or the opportunity to bring your child to work (rooming-in), we offer a variety of ways to help you master the family-work balancing act.
  • Inclusion: For people with disabilities, we offer an inclusive corporate culture and a range of integrative programs.
  • Learning opportunities: We want to help you get ahead by offering a wide range of training and development programs to expand and enhance your skills.
  • Health options: Your health is important to us, which is why we offer health promotion and maintenance programs, including workplace sports, a mobile massage service, and back care classes.
  • Canteen: Situated on our park-like campus grounds, our canteen offers a wide variety of culinary choices every day, including vegetarian/vegan options.

This is important to us:

PTB is an equal opportunity employer and strongly encourages applications from female candidates. At the same time, we strive to reflect the diversity of our society. We therefore welcome every application submitted, regardless of the candidate’s gender, cultural or social background, religion, ideology or sexual identity. If equally suited to the position, disabled persons or persons having equivalent status under German law will be given preference.

Your application:

For subject-related questions concerning this position, please contact Department 8.3: Dr. Samreen Falak, phone: +49 30 3481-7731, email: samreen.falak(at) or Dr. Esmeralda Valiente, phone: +49 30 3481-7241, email: esmeralda.valiente(at)

We look forward to receiving your online application by 28 August 2023 under Ref. No. 23-43-8. Unfortunately, we cannot accept applications sent via email.

Physikalisch-Technische Bundesanstalt (PTB)
Abbestraße 2-12
D-10587 Berlin-Charlottenburg

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